5 and …
The facilitator uses bead string to help learners add or subtract.
- Learners practice adding and subtracting
- beads string
How to play
- Use the bead sticks (i.e. skewer sticks with 5 beads of one colour and 5 beads of another colour) on them:
Write 5 and ___ is 8 on the board. Show 5 beads on the bead stick. Hide the remaining beads. Say “I can see 5 beads. How many more beads to make 8 (and then 7; 9; 6; 10).
- Learners might use their fingers to help them. Encourage opening of remaining fingers in one movement rather than one by one. Show three more beads and say “5 and 3 makes 8”. Fill in the missing 3 on the board.
- Learners can also do this in pairs. Write a few number sentences like 5 and ___ is 8 on the whiteboards and give the learners bead sticks to work them out.